For sufferers of joint and arthritis pain, relief can be tough to come by. If soaks, clammy ointments and cold compresses aren’t doing the trick, it might be time to check out some homeopathic remedies that can help heal organically. Homeopathic medicines, which come in many forms and can be used systemically or applied topically, assist your body’s natural healing process to bring you fast, natural relief.
If there is one homeopathic treatment to carry on your person it’s everyone’s favorite all-natural anti-inflammatory, arnica! Derived from the arnica montana plant, arnica works on a cellular level by combining fast relief with active healing and reduces swelling, bruising and pain associated with injuries sustained as part of leading an active lifestyle. For common aches and pains, a little arnica goes a long way.
Rhus Toxicodendron, or as it’s more commonly known…poison ivy. Yup, I know, but hear me out! This homeopathic remedy is typically taken for joint pain that is worsened by cold, dampness and humidity. Whenever initial movement is difficult and painful, Rhus tox is likely to offer some fast (non-itchy, we promise) relief.
If what ails you is associated with dryness or acute inflammations, whether stiff joints or dry nasal passages, bryonia may be your answer. More specifically, this remedy assists with pain that results from tearing and is made worse by motion.
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Summer is coming to an end and the beginning of school is right around the corner. For parents, it’s back to the school year routine. For a child, it commonly means a new teacher, new classmates, new routines, new thoughts and maybe even a new school. However, all this excitement can unfortunately bring some anxiety. While the cause of anxiety in children can differ, anxious feelings are normal and even expected as children make these important transitions in their life. I have found that when dealing with a fear driven thought, it’s important to walk through the fear in its entirety to help them problem solve. For instance, if your child is nervous about attending a new school and is afraid they’ll get lost or be late to class, don’t just reassure them that everything is going be “OK.” Instead, help walk them through the worst things that could happen and go through different scenarios of what to do if they get lost. Besides talking out the fears, I have found homeopathic remedies may be helpful in calming back to school jitters. These remedies can be taken as pellets and dissolved in the mouth. Below are just a few examples of some of the remedies that may be helpful. Remember it is always best to consult with a trained health care provider before starting to more accurately get the correct remedy and potency for your child.
This remedy is appropriate for a child that is very timid, mild and tends to have a yielding disposition. Often times they have a strong emotional bond with the mother and cling to them. They may display their anxiety by demanding excessive attention, weeping often and crying at almost everything. Generally their anxiety is worse in a warm room and they seek the open air.
This remedy is one of the first remedies that come to mind when speaking about anticipatory anxiety. Lycopodium is suitable for children who have an aversion to undertake new things, yet when they do so they go through it with relative easiness. A lot of the anticipatory anxiety is because they are afraid they will fail and look foolish. Most of these children try to conceal these insecurities with over confident mannerisms.
This remedy is often the first remedy considered when it comes to test anxiety and stage fright. One of the keynote symptoms for this remedy include anticipation of any unusual ordeal, such as appearing in public, public speaking or test anxiety that can bring on diarrhea.
This remedy is good for a child that is generally very sharp, alert and desires creative activities yet has many anxieties. In their anxious state they become fearful when they are alone and for that reason strongly desire company. They are very restless and fidgety and desire to be rubbed gently. When they are anxious they can bite their nails. Lastly, they have a strong fear of the dark and their anxiety is often time worse during thunderstorms.
This is a great remedy if your child is afraid to go to school because of undertaking anything new, such as new people, new classes, etc. This child is excessively shy, they oftentimes hide behind the mother, their hands or furniture as to not be looked at by strangers. They tend to lack self-confidence. If this type of child walks into a room with people laughing, they may assume the people are laughing at them. They easily get homesick because they feel a sense of safety in their home. Lastly, this child may also have some problems in the classroom with learning. They tend to be very forgetful and inattentive, and have a hard time learning and remembering new information.
Dietary and Emotional Health
Diet may also play a major role in emotional health. While sugar itself may not cause anxiety, researchers have found that it might worsen anxiety symptoms. In one study, researchers found that rats that binged on sugar and then fasted displayed anxiety-like behaviors. It’s important to limit the amount of sugar laden, processed foods in your child’s diets throughout the school year. This may not only help with keeping their anxiety at bay but also may help improve their overall health and immunity.
Other Tips to Consider
Role playing can help your children to come up with different plans for different scenarios that they may be anxious about.
Focus on the positives and help your children to redirect their attention from negative worries to positive thoughts. This could be getting to see friends they haven’t seen since the last day of school, focusing on a special snack in their lunch bag, or any other positive experiences you can come up with.
Pay attention to your own behavior. Remember, children are very aware of how parents react to situations. Even if it doesn’t seem like they are paying attention, they hear and see more then we think they do. Children also learn many cues and emotions from their parents. If you can show more confidence and less anxiety, your children are more likely to follow suit.
While back to school jitters are common, there are many tips to help tackle them before they get out of hand. Consider some of these tips the next time you are faced with a child who is experiencing anxiety around school and life. Best wishes for a happy and healthy school year.
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Whether you workout, play sports or sit at a desk all day, your bound to have some aches and pains. It’s your body’s way of adapting. Get relief and alleviate sore muscles with the remedies below. You’re body will thank you!
Tart Cherry Juice – As a recent Newsweek article said, “the day when doctors say – ‘take 10 cherries and call me in the morning’ – may not be far off.” This tart cherry juice recipe makes a great addition to your post-workout recovery drink and is packed with anthocyanins that help reduce inflammation.
Epsom Salt Bath – Soothe aches while softening skin at the same time. Epsom salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, is a popular remedy for flushing built-up lactic acid from muscles. Also, magnesium is a mineral known for increasing absorption of other vitamins in the body. Add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and feel the pain melt away.
Arnica – Treat muscle pain with the help of Mother Nature! Arnica Montana is a plant that grows in mountainous areas in the northern United States, Canada and the European Alps and is used in homeopathic circles for the treatment of muscle aches and stiffness, swelling from injuries and discoloration from bruising.
Nutmeg Oil – Besides its culinary uses, Nutmeg oil is an essential part of Chinese medicine used to treat muscle soreness and inflammation by reducing the swelling of joints. It’s more than just a holiday spice; nutmeg has been used since prehistoric times to treat fevers, headaches and even the plague!
Spring has officially arrived, and so has the dreaded allergy season! Few problems affect more people in the United States than allergies. In 2012, 17.6 million adults and 6.6 million children reported having hay fever symptoms in the past 12 months.1-2 Yet, the drawbacks of usual approaches to allergy symptoms tend to leave these sufferers dissatisfied. Antihistamines can make people drowsy. Decongestants can have rebound effects. Corticosteroids may affect growth in children and should not be used long-term. Allergy shots require years of expensive doctor visits and often don’t work well despite the investment of time and money. Many American allergy sufferers think there are only two choices when they are hit with nasal congestion, watery eyes, sneezing and wheezing—take an over-the-counter or prescription medication that bears warnings about side effects, or simply suffer.
Fortunately, homeopathic medicines, such as Sabadil® and Sinusalia®, offer a reliable, low-cost third choice when properly matched with an individual’s symptoms.
Sabadil Tablets and Children’s Sabadil® Pellets work naturally with your body to temporarily relieve hay fever and other upper respiratory allergy symptoms including itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and nose.* These quick-dissolving tablets and pellets are recommended for everyone ages 2 and up.
Sinusalia Tablets and Pellets temporarily relieve nasal congestion, sinus pain and headache due to the common cold or allergies. These quick-dissolving tablets and pellets are recommended for everyone ages 6 and up.
Both medicines are ideal choices for appropriately-aged children, seniors taking other medications, and busy adults who need to remain alert. They do not cause drowsiness or interact with other medications. They’re also non-habit forming, and there’s no risk of overdose. Sabadil and Sinusalia work best when taken at the first sign of allergies to help nip those symptoms in the bud.
1Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 3 & 4.
Usually around this time of year the sun is starting to shine, the flowers are beginning to bloom and allergy season is just mere weeks away. Don’t let fear of allergies and allergy season ruin the beautiful spring and summer weather. There are many alternative and natural ingredients to help relieve you of and prevent your allergy symptoms. But don’t just try one ingredient, check out LuckyVitamin for many top rated and recommended allergy formulas to help keep the sniffling, sneezing,, watery and red itchy eyes away. Below is a look into some of our top selling products.
Ortho Molecular D-Hist and D-Hist Jr: One of my personal favorites and go to formulas for allergy season is this product. The D-Hist formulas include Quercetin, Bromelain, stinging nettles leaf and N-Acetyl Cysteine to promote optimal support for nasal and sinus passageways. This professional grade supplement combines the best herbs and supplements for comprehensive support for seasonal challenges and best of all won’t cause drowsiness. It is best taken before allergy season starts to help prevent symptoms but also works well if symptoms have already developed.
Boiron Sabadil combines the most commonly used homeopathic medicine to treat seasonal allergies into one formula. This formula is meant to help relieve runny nose, spasmodic cough, burning eyes, sneezing, discharges and other symptoms associated with allergies. Sabadil is an FDA regulated homeopathic medicine. Homeopathic medicines are non-drowsy, safe and effective alternative to common standard medications.
Vital Nutrients Aller-C – This combination supplement combines Quercetin, Vitamin C, and other Bioflavonoids into one effective formula. One of the main ingredients in this formula Hesperidin a flavanone glycoside found commonly in citrus, known to help relieve allergy symptoms. Another ingredient in this formula is Vitamin C. Vitamin C has antihistamine properties and some research suggests it might help reduce allergy symptoms.
Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Allergy – This Gaia herbs formula contains organic and Non-GMO ingredients. An herbal blend of ingredients to promote a healthy inflammatory response as well as promote respiratory health. This product combines Turmeric along with other herbal extracts to help fight off symptoms of allergies. One of the main ingredients in this product is Quercetin, which is well known for its ability to decrease the histamine response, the main chemical in the body responsible for allergies. Quercetin and other allergy fighting supplements are best taken before allergy season starts to help keep your body from over reacting to the allergens.
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Homeopathy is a medical practice based on the Law of Similars: that is, if a natural substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. Homeopathic medicines enhance the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory process.
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As winter weather and the holiday season approaches, we spend more time indoors with family and friends, trading hugs and handshakes and sharing meals. Unfortunately, this increases our risk of catching a cold or flu. Simple proactive steps such as frequent hand washing and getting adequate rest can make a difference. However, if cold and flu-like symptoms can’t be avoided, try nipping them in the bud with a homeopathic medicine.
For cold symptoms: Coldcalm® addresses symptoms at every stage of a cold, such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat. These quick-dissolving tablets are recommended for everyone ages three and up.
For coughs:Chestal® Cough Honey works naturally with the body to relieve all types of common coughs. The natural goodness of honey coats and soothes the throat, while the blend of homeopathic medicines loosens chest congestion. Recommended for everyone ages two and up, this dye-free syrup does not contain artificial flavors or colors.
For flu-like symptoms: At the first sign of fatigue, fever, chills and body aches, families around the world have relied on Oscillococcinum® for more than 65 years to reduce both the duration and the severity of flu-like symptoms. Recommended for everyone ages two and up, Oscillo’s sweet-tasting, kid-friendly pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue, meaning no water, chewing or swallowing is required.
These three medicines are must-haves for your family’s medicine cabinet this winter. They do not cause drowsiness or sleeplessness, and they do not interact with other medications. They work best when taken at the first sign of illness, so you can take them as soon as you develop symptoms. There’s no need to wait until you’re “sick enough,” so you won’t miss out on your office’s holiday party or a trip to cut down the family tree with your children.
As the fall running season jogs towards us, more than 36 million runners in the U.S. are trading the heat and humidity for cooler, dryer temperatures, enjoying the beautiful foliage, and signing up for a few holiday-themed races. But before you hit the pavement, here are four tips to help keep you pain-free all season long:
When selecting a running shoe, look for a style that fits comfortably and accommodates your foot anatomy. Once your mileage exceeds 500-600 miles, it’s time for a new pair of shoes.
Wear proper running clothes. Loose clothing is more likely to rub against your skin, so choose a fabric that is sweat-wicking. Stay away from cotton—once it’s wet, it stays wet, and it can rub your skin raw.
If you do suffer a minor injury, relieve your leg, foot or knee pain naturally with Boiron Arnicare. Arnicare topicals, pellets and tablets temporarily relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruising. Arnicare Gel has a cooling effect for fast pain relief. This non-greasy, unscented gel is quickly absorbed by the skin. Arnicare Tablets and Arnica pellets are both easy-to-take oral medicines. They provide widespread pain relief for the whole body and may be combined with Arnicare Gel.
A gradual return to running post-injury (i.e., a 10 percent increase in mileage per week) is advised, once your flexibility and strength have returned.
Sometimes summer fun isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The hot and humid temps and afternoon downpours bring nasty insect bites, painful bumps and bruises as kids of all ages play outdoors, and troublesome indigestion from seaside picnics and spicy backyard barbecues. Make the most of the season by keeping some popular single homeopathic medicines in your medicine cabinet to help relieve conditions associated with these common summer activities.
Start with Apis mellifica and Ledum palustre. Apis relieves itchy eyes, swollen eyelids, and swollen, itchy, burning skin or lips caused by insect bites or allergies and relieved by cold compresses. Use Ledum for non-bleeding wounds as small as an insect bite. It also relieves swollen and itchy mosquito bites, especially when taken at dawn and dusk. These singles can be paired up with Boiron’s topical Calendula Gel for cool, soothing relief.
You’ll also want to relieve your aches and pains more naturally. Arnica montana is best known for its ability to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries and bruising. Arnica has been used for centuries for its pain-relieving properties. Nux vomica is also another summer must-have. Nux is useful for gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and cramps from indigestion, especially after eating a lot of spicy food or drinking too much coffee or alcohol.
To explore more homeopathic medicines for these conditions and many others, use Boiron’s Homeopathic Medicine Finder at BoironUSA.com/bmf.
Summer is the best time for swimming and playing in the water. A refreshing swimming pool or a swim in the ocean, river or lake may be one of the best moments of every summer season but it can also lead to not-so-enjoyable moments.
Otitis externa, popular known as swimmer’s ear, is an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. Along with otitis media, external otitis is one of the two human conditions commonly called earache. These earaches are the result of an inflammation of the skin of the ear canal, which sometimes can be secondary to dermatitis (eczema) only, with no microbial infection, or it can be caused by active bacterial or fungal infection. In either case, but more often with infection, the ear canal skin swells and may become painful or tender to touch.
Preventing and treating swimmer’s ear is easy and can be done in many different ways. Avoid inserting anything into the ear canal. For example, use of cotton buds or swabs is the most common event leading to acute otitis externa. Most normal ear canals have a self-cleaning and self-drying mechanism, the latter by simple evaporation.
Ear drops may be used and you may want to try homeopathic ear drops, which are often used for earaches. Ear relief ear drops help clear water trapped in the ear and the homeopathic ingredients help stimulate the body’s natural ability to soothe the ear, decrease the ear’s sensitivity to external factors such as water, cold, and drafts, reduce the clogged sensation in the ear, and return the ear to a water-free and comfortable condition.
Earplugs are also helpful but make sure to get good quality products. Hard and poorly fitting ear plugs can scratch the ear canal skin. It’s highly recommended that you use disposable ear plugs to avoid contaminating the ear canal.
Summer is the perfect time for backyard barbecues and trips to the beach and our favorite campsites. But before you start the grill or pitch a tent, you should make sure your natural first aid kit is well-stocked with homeopathic medicines.
Boiron Calendula topicals relieve all types of skin irritations. Calendula Lotion is ideal for soothing sunburn; the ointment helps to heal minor burns and blisters; the cream is ideal for dry or chafed skin; and the gel works well on insect bites and razor burn. Overeating is always an issue at most summer picnics, so keep Nux vomica on hand. This popular single medicine relieves nausea, acid indigestion, hangovers, and most importantly, an upset stomach from overindulgence in food and drink. And when one too many beach volleyball or badminton games causes sore muscles, Arnicare Gel or Cream and Arnica oral pellets are must-haves. The unscented, paraben-free topicals and the quick-dissolving pellets can be used together to relieve muscle pain, stiffness and bruising for the whole body.
No matter what you do this summer, Boiron medicines will help nip your symptoms in the bud. Suffering from a different issue? Use Boiron’s Homeopathic Medicine Finder at BoironUSA.com/bmf to find the best medicine for your symptoms.
Pain relief products are available in many different forms but if you are looking for a natural and efficient way to minimize your pain, arnica products may be your best choice.
Arnica is an excellent product for healing and recovery of muscles as well as treating bruises, sprains and other minor injuries. Arnica can also be used in the treatment of muscular strains, wounds and swelling. Originally from Europe, arnica montana is a flowering plant that has been used medicinally in liniment and ointment preparations for over 200 years.
Found in several homeopathic products, topical arnica preparations have shown to act as an anti-inflammatory and assist normal healing processes by facilitating transport of blood and fluid accumulations through a dilating action of subcutaneous blood capillaries. It is considered by many specialists to be the best product for treatment in early stages of an injury when there is swelling. Arnica can be used immediately post workout when injury may occur due to poor stretching or muscle fatigue.
A recent study showed that arnica gel applied twice daily may reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Additionally, another double-blind study reported that a combination of topical arnica ointment and oral homeopathic arnica tablets reduced pain in people recovering from hand surgery. Arnica montana contains arnica solution watered down hundreds of times to form a homeopathic ultra-dilution. Thousands of practitioners and patients swear by arnica’s remarkable curative powers, particularly in the treatment of swelling and bruising. Arnica homeopathic remedies are available in different potencies or dilutions.
With winter rapidly approaching, temperatures will quickly drop. Whether it’s heading out with friends to the slopes or making snowmen with kids, there’s lots of fun to be had in the snow. However, this fun can lead to a snowballing of slips and spills, increasing the chances of injuries.
Homeopathic remedies are very useful in first aid circumstances. Remedies are prescribed on the principle that ‘like cures like’ in a tiny dilution. The following indications are what a healthy person would feel if taking the actual substances.
Arnica montana produces conditions upon the system quite similar to those resulting from injuries, falls, blows or contusions. Symptoms include a sore, lame or bruised feeling. Arnica may also be used for any injury resulting from overuse and commonly worsens from the slightest touch or motion.
But let’s say you’re on the slopes with your friends or are walking out your door and slip on some ice. You fall and land on your tailbone (we’ve all done it before). Then you may want to consider the homeopathic remedy hypericum perfolatium. Hypericum perfolatium produces conditions upon the system similar to those from crush injuries.
If either or those remedies don’t work you can always consider combination remedies like traumeel. Traumeel can easily be rubbed directly onto the injured area for pain relief.
Other treatments to consider include rest and ice. Remember in the first 72 hours ice is your friend and heat is your enemy. When applying the ice you should follow the acronym CBAN (cold, burn, ache, then numb), and avoid applying ice directly to the skin. Instead use a thin fabric to create a barrier. Once you feel the numbing sensation, remove the ice pack. If you think your injury is serious remember check with your doctor.
This winter season don’t let falls, bumps and bruises keep you down. Check out LuckyVitamin.com for all your natural remedies.